In 1979, a communicator toy was included with McDonald's Happy Meals to promote Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The plastic communicator could scroll five comic strips of eight panels each. Each installment concluded with "Thus ends another chapter in the saga of the U.S.S. Enterprise." In each strip, the Enterprise is depicted in its pre-refit configuration, while the crew is depicted in their post-refit uniforms.
#1 - "Star Trek Stars"Edit
This comic was a brief introduction to the Enterprise, its crew, and its mission. The Enterprise is described as the "command ship of the Federation". Decker and Ilia are aboard, and the ship is en route to stop an alien force speeding toward Earth, likely V'Ger.
#2 - "A Pill Swallows the Enterprise" Edit
Captain Kirk is awakened from sleep and informed that the Enterprise has been enveloped in a capsule. Spock is at a loss to explain it, and the construct is impervious to phasers. Suddenly, the crew see a "heavy Delphus meteor" approaching. Concluding that a "retro blast" would be ineffective, the crew braces for impact. The meteor is stopped by the capsule, which then dematerializes, and Spock concludes that they have a good friend out there.
#3 - "Time. And Time. And Time Again." Edit
Kirk and Spock prepare to beam Nyota Uhura down to the planet Turages. The equipment malfunctions, and she materializes in 172 billion BC, confronted by a gigantic beast. She then appears in a rectangular construct drifting near a star in the year 21,000, using her communicator to send the message that she is "three solar systems ahead." Spock discovers that the transporter has been sabotaged. Uhura appears on home plate in Yankee Stadium in the year 1940, holding a bat, and surmising that the Klingons must be behind her predicament. She is then beamed back to the Transporter pad of the Enterprise, along with her bat, with Spock quipping that "it was just a matter of time."
- Sixteen years later, DS9 "Past Tense, Part I" and "Past Tense, Part II" dealt with crewmen traveling through time via transporter accident. Four years after that, VOY "Relativity" showed that Starfleet had timeships equipped with temporal transporters by the 29th century.
#4 - "Votec's Freedom" Edit
"Captain's Log, stardate 10:18:4. We land on Moonsek, and meet the last of the Mrogars." Kirk and Spock beam down and meet Votec. He recalls how he fought in a war against the Nozda, and stayed behind to allow his people to escape. He was captured, and determined never to tell where his people were. Spock says that he can break Votec's chains with his new "ultra laser", and Votec plans to rejoin his people.
#5 - "Starlight, Starfright" Edit
On a viewscreen, Kirk shows McCoy subplanet 897-JOJ. McCoy is then abducted by transporter and is informed that a Doctor is needed for experiments. Spock offers that the Argontrons are afraid of darkness, so the Enterprise arranges for darkness and rescue McCoy with a shuttlecraft.
The Enterprise directs a beam of energy toward a celestial body to cast 897-JOJ in darkness.
- It may be tractoring a small celestial body to create an eclipse, or spinning the planetoid to face away from its sun. The beam emits from the bottom of the saucer section. This strip implies that Class F shuttlecraft remain standard-issue in the 2270s.
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture McDonald's Happy Meal Comic Adaptations - Additional comics strips provided on the boxes of the Star Trek Meals themselves.